“I think the overall goal of my life is to always keep my ego in check,” the actress told Dax Shepard on his podcast, Armchair Expert. “I don’t want to tell myself lies, I don’t want to lie about my age, I don’t put anything in my face. I don’t want to tell myself any lies, I’m not doing myself any favours.”
That said, she’s still the title character on a hit series. It’s not then that Pompeo ignores her physical appearance entirely, but rather that she works hard to maintain it through natural means and a rigorous skincare routine she credits with helping her show up to work looking her best. “I think it’s important for me to look as good as I can look. I get paid to keep up my appearance, so I feel like I need to keep up my end of it,” she said in an interview with Into The Gloss in 2015.
In 2019, Pompeo was named a spokesperson for Cindi Crawford’s skincare line, Meaningful Beauty. She has spoken about her five-minute routine that uses the products, saying she uses the cleaner, the melon serum, and the day cream with SPF if she knows she’s going to be in the sun. But as far as botox is concerned, Pompeo prefers to do facials more frequently. She told New Beauty that her favourite discovery of 2019 was “frequency facials with Joanna Vargas.” She went on to add, “I don’t love fillers or Botox, so I have to get a lot of facials and drink a ton of water. I feel like the frequency facial makes a difference in my skin - it makes it tighter.”
More importantly though, Pompeo believes beauty comes from the inside. “Beauty comes from what kind of person you are and what your contribution is to the world, and you should focus more on that than your physical appearance,” she told the publication. “Obviously everyone wants to look their best, but I think that confident women are the most beautiful, and confidence comes from other things - how kind you are or how you help the world - not from what you look like.”
The best advice she’s ever been told is drinking water, as well as steering clear of touching your face - at all costs. “Don’t do things to your face. Everyone thinks they look amazing but what they don’t realise is that everyone looks the same,” she told US Weekly.
Sharing more of her skincare secrets, Pompeo admitted to using coconut oil as a moisturiser to keep her skin soft and smell good. She’s also a fan of rinsing her face in ice water. “I feel like I’ve always looked younger than I am, and now I’ve started seeing my skin change,” she told ITG. “Now I do this thing where I fill up a bowl of ice and alkaline water, and I take it to my bathroom, and I splash my face like 10 times, until my face feels frozen. I do it after [cleansing] and I just feel like it tightens everything. Didn’t the old movie stars used to do it? I got this idea that my face feels puffy and it’s sagging, so I thought, ‘Let me just freeze it!’”